Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for my brother's son, Cruz
For cousins
And for the {expanded} ParkerII Family

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for...

Fuzzy leopard pajama pants and someone to watch the Olympics with

Clean water (shout out to the fam in South Sudan) and straws

That my first Thursday morning bible study went well

A husband to do this parenting adventure with (You should read, "We had a rough morning and could hardly get out of the house, so when I got to church I threw Caris at Kent and ran for the hills")

And for air conditioning (In February)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day

Growing up Ma always decorated the table for Valentine's Day Dinner and had a small gift for each of us
Sis in law, Sara, shared a fab cookie recipe with me (woot!) We're trying to eat healthy less so I only baked two. Although I missed the others that I would've eaten, knowing that you're only going to eat ONE does make you enjoy it a bit more. On that particular night you would've found me slow dancing in the kitchen with my cookie. Tasting the chocolate, feeling the crunch of the m-n-m's instead of thinking about the next five one.
But I came home from MOPS to find these home made beauties. Kent's not only my Valentine, but also my new work out buddy so I'm kind of surprised that he would sabotage my training like this...
But after eight one or two strawberries I forgave him.
Uh what work out plan? 
Chocolate peanut butter cupcake
We interrupt the semi-decent pictures for a blurry iPad picture

Here I am running late for MOPS. I'm wearing "the colors of love" as assigned and carrying the rest of my cookies. After the picture went something like this...

"Do I look ok? Is this sweater/shirt combo too baggy? Like I'm trying to hide something? Do I look pregnant? Where are my shoes? Have you seen my shoes? Brown flats. I'm so late. What about this sweater? FOUND MY SHOES. Are you sure people bring things in just Tupperware? Nothing fancier? Ok I gotta go"
{I decided to change my sweater after Kent didn't answer with his usual "You look fine. You should go, you're late" response}

Kent's card from Caris 
Happy Heart Day! HUGS ALL AROUND! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

By doing Thankful Thursday, it not only helps me to give thanks, but also to KNOW WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IT IS. 

I'm thankful for belated birthday presents that are wrapped oh so fancy

For a big, old desktop computer to serve as a backup after my laptop falls and possibly dies

For unexpected phone calls from friends and words of encouragement

For heavy care packages from mommy friends

For spontaneous lunch dates with Kent & Caris at 4 Rivers

And for funny emails from my sister that contain quotes from While You Were Sleeping

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


First, dear readers, we have some business to take care of. I'd like to do semi-regular posts on "Thrifting" (something catchy like like Thankful Thursdays) All I have so far is...

More of Caris' Inheritance Down the Drain Mondays


Stuff in my house Saturdays

[Please submit any ideas]

I have inner conflict (deep, counseling word) when it comes to Thrifting. I legitimately don't want a bunch of stuff in my house so the obvious answer would be to avoid shopping altogether (moment of silence while part of me DIES). But the thrill of the hunt keeps me going back again and again. I feel like we've talked about this before...sorry

I looked into joining the local Y as an alternative to shopping, . I pictured Tiny Su and I swimming daily and pumping some iron until I found out that it was ninety-nine dollars a month. That doesn't exactly fit into the monthly budget so my weekly solo outings usually consist of grocery shopping, walking around Target (only to find something on clearance) or....Thrifting... 

Before I bought the following items I rationalized it by saying to myself, "People spend $4.95 on coffee. This purchase will last longer. Just different priorities. We might have more kids- it's a true investment. The swim shirt? We live in Florida now..." That's what was going through my head as I walked around the store holding each item, examining it carefully and debating whether or not to buy it.

From Left to Right:

1. Christmas dress, 18 months for next Christmas. I stripped the baby  manikin for this one. Can you say desperate? 

2. Navy Polo sweater, 18 months for next winter. Slap a bow in her hair and it's girly enough for me.

3. Swim shirt that we actually need (surprise!) 

And much to my surprise, the Goodwill down here has cheaper prices than South Carolina! Each item above was $1.49. I've gone twice so far and each time they ask me if I have any discounts (discounts?!) which means A) I look like a senior citizen 55 years + or B) I look like a college student

I'm banking on B, but most days I feel like A.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First Sickness

Caris was hit with her first sickness! Kent was kind enough to share it with her last Thursday and it included a fever, runny nose and a cough. She's currently feeling a lot better, but the weekend was when it hit the worst. She was pretty sad and pitiful, but there was a tiny part of us that secretly high-fived each other because she sat still and let us snuggle with her. I'm pretty sure she was this old the last time she was that still. So we soaked up our time with the never rarely seen calm Baby Caris and I took the opportunity to introduce her to my favorite {vintage} Sesame Street clip-- here. Let's just say it involves James Taylor and a tuba... 

I'm glad we've survived the first {of many} sicknesses! And trust me, it didn't go unnoticed that I had to miss church last Sunday... I'll be back in the game this coming Sunday which happens to be another solo church attendance for Caris and me! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

{C's} Letters

Dear Mom, I like crying with you better than crying alone. Thanks for joining in.

Dear Dad, walking around Hobby Lobby with you was the high light of my week. I especially liked playing with the wind chimes. 

Dear Cotton Ball, wow. Not what I expected you to taste like at all...

Dear Any Kind of Shoes, I HATE YOU.

Dear Patch, why do you sit so far away from me in the car? It's like you're trying to avoid me or something. 

Dear Mom, your dance moves are safe with me. But, wow. 

Dear Music, IloveyouIloveyouIloveyouIloveyou

the only way to get laundry done
don't worry, the washer/dryer is also in the garage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Month 1

It's been one month, today, since we moved. 

There's been a few highlights...

Hanging out with my Dad {Granted it wasn't in Florida}
Watching Caris grow & change {even more}
Decorating a new house {A rental: let's hang stuff everywhere!}
Enjoying beautiful weather {80's!}
Getting bombarded with birthday cards {picture below}
Watching Kent catch a tree frog behind the sofa {Oh yes}
And the month wouldn't be complete without a lot a couple of lows. 2 stand out in my mind...

1. I've cried the past two Sunday mornings at church. The first time I made it to the bathroom with only the pastor's wife and one elder seeing me. I recovered enough to sit through the rest of Sunday School after I gave myself a personal pep talk in the mirror that went something like, "You can't run away forever! You got this!" Last Sunday, however, Caris and I stood in the front of the nursery, next to the HUGE glass window that overlooks the FRONT LOBBY... and cried.  

If you're looking for a nursery coordinator that sits youth director's wives down in rocking chairs and gives them free mini counseling sessions, I KNOW WHERE TO FIND ONE.

And there's only 1 other "low" that could trump it..


Not with the jogging stoller. Or moving boxes. Or even a metal baseball bat. With my car.

Exactly one week after our move, I was backing out of the garage- focusing on clearing the side of the garage when I heard a crunching metal noise. What's that noise? {Me} WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? {Kent} 

And there we stood, me crying in the middle of the garage, Kent hugging me, me whispering, "This is probably the lowest point so far..." 

Anddddddd we're on to month two!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Slumber Party

Kent's mom, sister and some of our nieces and nephews came in town on Friday and we hosted our first SLUMBER PARTY. 

We ate pizza, watched Monster's University, ate pancakes, took a tour of our new church and played with Caris' "big kid" toys that haven't gotten used yet. 

We're looking forward to meeting back up with them this week at their Disney hotel!
Our nephew, Kres, made sure that his baby sister, Josey, had enough toys to play with...

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